7 Artists Bringing Community-Engaged Public Art Across Canada

Meet the artists selected for the 2024 CreateSpace Public Art Residency

The CreateSpace Public Art Residency by STEPS Public Art enters its fourth year of programming with seven new artists who were selected from 150+ call-for-artist applications received from across the country!

From April to December 2024, the artists will participate in virtual residency sessions (such as workshops, artist talks, and studio visits), build professional relationships with artistic mentors and public art practitioners, and develop their very own public art projects in collaboration with municipal and cultural program partners.

Congratulations to the artists whose residency journey begins today:

  • Aaron Jones (Toronto, Ontario)
  • A.Y. Johnson (Brampton, Ontario)
  • Jasmine Vanstone (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Josh Wāpiskisiw (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
  • Julia YH/MonkYi (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Raechel Wastesicoot (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Sikapinakii Low Horn (Siksika Nation, Alberta)

Makoyoohsokoyi (The Milky Way) by Sikapinakii Low Horn

Each artist is paired with a CreateSpace partner to identify potential locations for their public art project and inspire localized projects from concept to completion. This year’s partners include:

  • City of Brampton (paired with A.Y. Johnson)
  • City of Richmond Hill (paired with Jasmine Vanstone)
  • City of Saskatoon (paired with Josh Wāpiskisiw)
  • Critical Mass (paired with Aaron Jones and Raechel Wastesicoot to create public artwork in Port Hope, Ontario)
  • Galt Museum (paired with Sikapinakii Low Horn to create public artwork in Lethbridge, Alberta)
  • Town of Oakville (paired with MonkYi)

Partner with CreateSpace

Want to learn more about CreateSpace and how to become a partner to host an artist-in-residence? Contact us today—we’re always looking for opportunities to foster national partnerships and expand public art in your community.

The Ethnic Man by A.Y. Johnson

About the CreateSpace Residency

We believe public art has the ability to challenge systemic inequities that exist in public space, and artists have a critical role in shaping cities and communities. The CreateSpace Public Art Residency is a national public art program that provides emerging Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), and racialized artists with the skills, relationships, and practical experiences needed to build their public art practice.

The 2024 CreateSpace Public Art Residency is supported by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation with funding provided by the Government of Canada and TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment.

About STEPS Public Art

STEPS Public Art is a Canadian charity and social enterprise. We run charitable programs that support artists and foster vibrant and inclusive communities.

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